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Directed by: Michael Bennett 2010 | 93 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

A moving, urgent and funny story about us – today, here, now.

Set over five days and nights, this fast paced drama is the story of lives brought into collision by one event. A rugby league star driving past a deserted carpark late at night sees a fight. He intervenes and gets bashed. When a young car thief nicks the man’s apparently abandoned car, he unwittingly starts a chain of events that will change his life and the lives of others, forever.

Starring an ensemble cast including GO-GIRLS' Alix Bushnell, Sara Wiseman and SIONE'S WEDDING's Iaheto Ah Hi, with a soundtrack by Don McGlashan featuring original tracks by Gin Wigmore, Bella Kalolo, and the Phoenix Foundation.

With kiwi films on a roll, director Michael Bennett’s first feature film offers international audiences an exciting and hopeful story about New Zealand today.

Shot entirely in South Auckland, MATARIKI debuted at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.


Thursday, October 17 8:15 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Michael Bennett
Screenwriter Gavin Strawhan
Producer Fiona Copland
Cast Jason Wu, Susana Tang, Sara Wiseman, Iaheto Ah Hi, Alix Bushnell, Jarod Rawiri, Edwin Wright, Michael Whalley, Mark Ruka, Vela Manusaute, Mabel Wharekawa, Harley
Director of Photography Alun Bollinger
Production Designer Miro Harre
Editor Jon Gilbert
Costume Designer Jane Holland
Music Composer Don McGlashan

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